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JOLTS Experimental State Estimates: Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where can I review the methodology used in the production of this experimental series?
  2. Are JOLTS state estimates still published as 3-month moving averages?
    • Beginning June 30, 2021 JOLTS state estimates will no longer be published as 3-month moving averages. The size of the JOLTS survey sample (of approximately 21,000 establishments) has increased by approximately 25.6 percent at the national and regional level. With the increase to sample size and to reduce labor market activity data lag, data users will have access to “real time” monthly data.
  3. Are data available for Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), counties, or cities?
  4. At what geographic and industry levels are JOLTS experimental state estimates produced?
    • JOLTS experimental state estimates are only produced statewide and at the total nonfarm industry level.
  5. How frequently will the JOLTS experimental state estimates be released?
    • BLS will no longer release JOLTS experimental state estimates on a quarterly basis. Starting October 2021, JOLTS state estimates will become an official monthly release and published two to three weeks after the JOLTS national release. The October state release will be for August preliminary and July final data.
  6. Are other separations available for these data series?
    • While other separations are one of the three components of total separations (quits, layoffs & discharges, and other separations), other separations are not available for this experimental series. User input about this exclusion is welcome.
  7. Are JOLTS state sample sizes available at this time?
    • JOLTS experimental state estimates sample-based and model-based components are available. The JOLTS experimental state estimates Sample Allocation table provides a snapshot of the sample size allocation used to produce the state estimates. The sample component incorporates JOLTS reported data and the model component encompasses JOLTS regional-level respondents, Current Employment Statistics state respondents, and Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages establishment counts.
  8. Are JOLTS experimental state seasonally adjusted estimates available?
    • Yes, BLS produced JOLTS experimental state seasonally adjusted data using the not seasonally adjusted data series as input. The seasonally adjusted data is released in its own table and in the future will be included in the JOLTS LABSTAT database on a monthly basis beginning October 2021. You can find more information on the JOLTS experimental state seasonally adjusted section of the methodology page.
  9. Are error measures available for JOLTS state estimates?
    • Research on a methodology to produce an error estimate is currently underway and will be available in the October 2021 release for August state estimates.

Last Modified Date: June 30, 2021